The Magnificent Orson Welles! A Retrospective Presented by the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz!

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Orson Welles was one of the greatest visionaries of the 20th century. A master of stage, radio, and film, he was truly a magician. But, in the words of Welles himself, “it isn’t enough to tell us what a man did. You’ve got to tell us who he was.”

As his 100th birthday approaches on May 6th, the Alamo Drafthouse wanted to show Welles a little love by hosting The Magnificent Orson Welles Retrospective. From April 18 – May 25, The Alamo Ritz will be screening a wide variety of works spanning his 50 year career, which continued up until his death in 1985.

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The young man from Wisconsin was a household name by the age of 23, after his now legendary Halloween broadcast of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds in 1938. The success of the radio adaptation earned him a deal to make two films with total creative control. The first of which, was Citizen Kane.

He used Citizen Kane to introduce signature techniques that would be associated with his work the rest of his life. A few of these being the use of deep focus, low-angle shots, and flashbacks.

More smash hits like The Stranger, The Lady from Shanghai, and Touch of Evil will all be shown over the course of the next month. Also playing are old television movies, and two films wholly made up of unfinished endeavors.

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To revel in the genius of Orson Welles, check out the magnificent Do512 for showtimes and ticket information!

Moontower Comedy Festival Kicks Off Next Week!

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It’s spring time in Austin, which means it’s about to get hot and humid, the stingy brand of insects are coming back, and the trees are trying to murder you will pollen. Nothing funny about that. But spring also means the annual coming of Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest! April 22-25 Austin will be filled with over 100 great comedians performing on stages all over downtown.

It’s going be the funniest week of the year. Kicking things off, local Texan Ron “Tater Salad” White will be debuting his newest special “Texas Toasted” at the Paramount 4/22. This show is a badgeholder exclusive, but don’t worry, you can still win a pair passes here! There are so many great performers on this lineup. Here’s a few of our favorites!

—Patton Oswalt—

An American comedy icon, actor, writer, and stand up pro, this man has done it all.  You probably know Patton as Spence from the long-running sitcom The King of Queens or as the voice of a lovable vermin, Remy, in Ratatouille, but where he really shines is on his own with nothing more than a stage and a microphone. His stand up is cynical, nerdy, self-degradating, and gut-wrenchingly funny on an unmatchable level. Don’t miss him at the Paramount April 24! Here’s a little taste of Patton Oswalt’s performance, telling the story of his bumpy beginnings, opening for a less-than-charismatic magician.

—Marc Maron—

Up next on our list is Marc Maron. He’s been around for over 20 years writing and performing. It’s almost a cliche to describe a comic as “raw” these days, and definitely a cliche to call someone “edgy,” but what we can say about Maron is he is honest, thought-provoking, and passionate. You can hear him for yourself on his awesome podcast WTF with Marc Maron which recently hit two incredible milestones, 500 episodes and 100 million downloads. It’s a brilliant yet simple show of Maron in his garage interviewing comedians. Give it a listen, and catch him at the Paramount April 23! Here he is killing at Just for Laughs.

—Wanda Sykes—

The wonderful Wanda Sykes will also be joining us at Moontower! She was recently ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 25 Funniest People in America and we’d have to agree. Sykes is a powerful performer, bringing a level of energy and charisma to the stage that sets a standard for modern comedians. She’ll be taking the Paramount stage on April 24th! Check out this clip from her HBO special I’ma Be Me. She has the audience in the palm of her hand.

—John Mulaney—

Last but not least, one of the hottest young stand ups working today, John Mulaney! His last stand up special New in Town has a quotable line in pretty much every bit. Such a funny and interesting man, he’s pretty much a middle-aged man trapped in the body of a high schooler who happens to be in his early 30’s. See Mulaney on the Paramount stage April 25! Here we have one of his funniest bits ever. What happens when you play Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat” on a jukebox over and over and over?

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These and many many more at

Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest

Grab your tickets today!

Do512’s Restaurant of the Week: Spartan Pizza

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Jeremy and Nicole Portwood and Spartan Pizza are the quintessential Austin food truck story. Starting in 2009 from a 1955 Spartan Imperial Mansion Travel Trailer, and now in a bright and shiny storefront in the Corazon development on East 6th, Spartan Pizza is what the Austin food truck scene strives for. With new menu items like toasted focaccia sandwiches and fresh salads to go along with their dope New York-style pizzas, this is a must try new joint in the Austin pizza scene. We were stoked to sit down with Jeremy, eat a pie straight from their new ovens, and showcase Spartan Pizza as Do512’s Restaurant of the Week!

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Jeremy and Nicole had always had a passion for food, honing their craft as a means to save money while living in NYC. Instead of hemorrhaging cash by going out, or ordering in every night, like most New Yorkers, they would cook meals in their tiny apartment, getting more adventurous as their confidence in their skills grew. This is how Jeremy was able to perfect his NY Style dough recipe. The dough is hand-made and slow-rises overnight, a recipe five years in the making. It’s thin, but not cracker-like; chewy, but not tough. This is what makes their pizza so special.

They took the recipes that brought them so much joy in their apartment kitchen and adapted them for a real deal pizza oven. With support from their loyal customers and the Austin trailer community, after 5 years as part of Austin’s incredible food trailer world; they have taken their concept into the air conditioning and the Corazon storefront.  Moving into their first brick and mortar right on E 6th street, they were finally able to expand the menu and offer even more inventive takes on classic favorites. After establishing a strong customer base with their time at Red Shed Tavern and at the East Side Fillin’ Station on East 6th, they chose to stay on the East Side; the place where they always felt most comfortable. This new storefront was totally worth the wait! The interior is sleek, but comforting. We couldn’t have been more excited to cozy up to the bar and try some of their new offerings.

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Spartan Pizza takes from-scratch cooking seriously. From the marinara to the pesto, every sauce is made in-house with their recipes. They roast their own garlic, blend their own salad dressings, and bring that special touch to all of their sauces, dips, and bases so you get the freshest, most lively flavors possible. Jeremy feels that if you start with something that fresh, you can’t help but love the result. This freshness was evident with the pizza we got to sample. Aptly named the ‘Zeus’, this pizza ruled.  With roasted garlic oil, fresh spinach, fresh tomato, crispy bacon, salt & pepper and fresh milk mozzarella, the pizza remained light, with the char from the oven imparting a great flavor to the crust.

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The “Zeus”

The move to the new location has allowed Jeremy and his team to flex their muscles with the new menu. This includes adding new salads and sandwiches to their expansive pizza menu. New to the restaurant are their dank sandwiches, all served warm on house-made focaccia (they use the same focaccia dough for the ‘Focaccia Bites’ and croutons for the salads). We tried the ‘Andromeda’ (sliced turkey, provolone, sundried tomato pesto, mayonnaise, romaine, caramelized onions) and the ‘Aphrodite’ (tomato slices, fresh milk mozzarella, fresh basil, roasted garlic oil, salt & pepper.) They were awesome warm sandwiches. The rich fillings paired perfectly with the slightly sweet and toasty focaccia.

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The “Andromeda” and “Aphrodite”

We were the most excited for their ‘Jalapeno Dip’ coming from Nicole’s secret family recipe. To any fan of queso: this is the next level for you. Taking traditional Texan queso flavor, this creamy dip flips that on its head and is served cold with fresh El Milagro tortilla chips from right down the block. The perfect beer accompaniment for when they acquire their liquor license. We can’t wait until we can sit out front or cozy up to their beautiful wood counter and sip on a couple local brewskis!

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Jalapeño Dip

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With great grub and a fresh new spot, come by during lunch for a great lunch combo. From 11-2pm, 7 days a week, you can get a slice, salad and a drink for just $8.50!  Does that mid-week humpday have you down? Spartan also has a great Wednesday special, where you can get any large specialty pizza for just $12.50 for the post-work crowd starting at 5pm.

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Not near East 6th, but still want some NY ‘za?? With the new Spartan storefront, comes an expanded delivery radius, opening up to more of Austin than ever before. They even deliver until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and their storefront is open until 3am for the post-bar crowd. Keep your eyes peeled for their truck moving to the Midway Food Park in August;  a fantastic addition to the already bustling food park. And peep them on Twitter and Instagram @spartanpizzaatx, Facebook, and visit Do512 for your chance to win a $30 gift card to Spartan Pizza.

Swing by Spartan Pizza for awesome handcrafted pizza and more in the heart of Austin. From trailer to brick and mortar, this model Austin transition is totally worth checking out!

http://www.spartanpizzaaustin.com/

– Contributed by Drew Nordstrom –

Umphrey’s McGee at Stubb’s This Weekend, 4/18

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Umphrey’s McGee is a mind-blowing progressive-jam-improv band formed at the University of Notre Dame in 199… you know what? Let’s skip the crap you can read on Wikipedia and get to the point. Umphrey’s McGee is badass and they’re coming to Stubb’s on Saturday, April 18!

Live shows don’t get much cooler than this. Their set is a solid, gapless masterpiece with a huge sound and an impressive light show. Very Phish-esque. Also, since they’re such super cool dudes, you can pick up a live recording of the show right after they finish!

Earlier this month they released a new album recorded at the most legendary studio in the world, Abbey Road Studios! The London Session was intended to be just a handful of songs, but in their 12 hours of studio time they found themselves with an album’s worth of material. Sure they just put out an album not even 10 months ago, but how do you turn down 12 hours of studio time in Abbey Road? “You don’t” is the answer to that.

Check out this killer performance at Lockn’ Festival.

UM is known for their intense tour lengths, and this is their last Texas show for the foreseeable future, so don’t miss it! you can still buy tickets, or, if you’re feeling lucky (punk), we’re giving a pair away to one very lucky fan! 

The Round Rock Express Kick Off Their 16th Season This Friday, April 17 at the Dell Diamond

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This year marks the 16th season the Round Rock ExpressOver the years, the greater Austin area’s minor league baseball team has endeared itself to locals with cheap seats, good games, and a beautiful atmosphere at Dell Diamond, arguably the best ballpark in minor league baseball.

Founded by Reid Ryan (son of the Texas legend Nolan Ryan), the team has found a steadily growing fan base due in no small part to its overwhelmingly welcoming atmosphere. Seeing the Round Rock Express is the kind of down-home American experience that we all crave from time to time. Hot dogs, cold beer, family entertainment, and some good old fashioned baseball. The Round Rock Express are members of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, and is the top farm team for the Texas Rangers.

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The Express will kick off their 16th season this Friday, April 17th with a home game against the Memphis Redbirds. The weather is looking great for Friday, so it should be perfect for an evening at Dell Diamond. You can grab some tickets for the game here, and enter to win a pair of tickets on Do512!

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Dell Diamond frequently offers fun promotions that provide a good time for families and baseball lovers alike. They will have a big fireworks show on opening day, along with a beer review for those who love a brew with their baseball.

On Monday, April 20th there’s “Bark in the Park” and $1 hot dogs all night! There are many other cool promotions and events paired with the baseball games, including concerts, bobblehead nights, themed costume nights and more. Be sure to check out all of the promotions here!

To see all home and away games, see the full Round Rock Express calendar! Be sure to catch this Friday’s season opener! Enter our giveaway for your chance at a pair of tickets.